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The AC compressor cuts out for better acceleration, then cuts back on when you ease up on the throttle. You will get sort of a 'stale' smell momentarily before the air gets cold again. Check your oil and look for oil leaks - you may be getting an engine oil smell in the cabin, but it's most likely just what I said. Also change your cabin air filter if you haven't already.
Technical Service Bulletin
NUMBER 016 [Rev 1, 7/21/11] DATE July 2011
AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM DEODORIZER TREATMENT
This bulletin provides information about an available deodorizer treatment for the climate
control system. Air Conditioning systems may at times emit a stale or musty odor from
the vents. Typically, this is most noticeable directly after vehicle start up, and is related
to bacterial growth on the evaporator core. Growth of such bacteria and the resulting
generation of the A/C related odors is dependent on several factors, including but not
limited to vehicle operating environment, length and frequency of A/C system use etc.
and is more frequently observed in higher humidity and higher ambient temperature areas.
To assist in addressing these concerns, a two part deodorizer kit is available via Kia’s
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